The Kokmuiža building, built in the neo-baroque style, is a noteable example of this architectural style in the Valmiera region.
In the territory of the Kokmuiža Castle you can see beautiful plantings, enjoy walks in the alleys of hundred-year-old trees, from the outside you can see the manor house, stable building, manor manager’s house, barns and the cellar of the old brewery, as well as the first and only spherical Sundial in Latvia. Upon prior request, you can book a guided tour.
Kokmuiža (Kokenhof) was part of the ancient Valmiera castle district, which later belonged to the diocese of Cēsis during the Polish rule (until 1582). Since then, the appearance of the manor house has changed at least three times. It was originally built of wood, which also gave the name Kokmuiža (“Wood manor”).
The Kokmuiža Park could once compete with the magnificent flower gardens at Keukenhof in the Netherlands. At the end of the 18th century, the soon-to-become director of the Crimean Botanical Garden, Nicolai Anders von Hartwiss, began his skills as a gardener.
The foundations of the building, which can be seen today, were laid in 1880, when it was ruled by the family of the Baltic German noblemen Schröder. Then beautiful lawns appeared in this area. During this time there was a tendency to plant a tree alley in each manor, and in Kocēni there are seven.
In 1937, Kokmuiža manor house was adapted to the needs of the school according to the project of the notable of that time architect Arnolds Čuibe, which it still serves today.